So moving on swiftly to South Africa - I hope you caught some tales of my ratchet escapades in my first post here.
South Africa for me was the dream. Close enough to home - only a 4 hour flight from Nairobi, yet far enough for me to feel like I'd really left home.
I was one of 100 students selected from around the continent to join African Leadership Academy's inaugural class. ALA was a life-changing experience - it opened up my mind to the complexities of development in Africa and afforded me the rare opportunity to study with some of Africa's finest talent. I took classes in literature with a focus on African writers, I listened to lectures from Africa's top business leaders and was coached by a dedicated team of African visionaries whom we had the honour of calling our teachers. I would study at ALA ten times over if I had the chance. If you'd like to find out more about African Leadership Academy and how you can apply, please visit their site here.
Here's 3 big tips I learnt from studying in South Africa:
1. The Uni experience is a lot different from the A-Level experience. Most A-Level schools are private and charge exorbitantly (to say the least!), while most Unis in SA are publicly owned.
2. Location matters, A LOT! South Africa's racist history still bears its ugly head in their education system. Universities are no exception. The recent riots at the University of Capetown are evidence enough. Before you blindly apply to any school in SA, be sure to research its race politics.
3. You'll have lots of fun! South Africans are super duper duper friendly! I looveed being able to visit Soweto, and Durban and Pretoria. South Africa's art and culture is vastly celebrated so you're never at loss on what to do or what next to see. When I was there I visited lots of museums and even had a special visit to Oprah's Leadership Academy. (Insert emoji with the sunglasses, haha! :-) )
Here's a few more tips I picked up from my friends who'd studied in South Africa:
And of course, a few shots of yours truly..!
Did you study in South Africa? If so, where and how did you like it? If you know someone who studied there, what was their experience. Please share your thoughts down below, I know someone will benefit! :-)
Love & Sunshine,